Archive for March, 2014

Exclusive song reviews of the week by Industry expert `Parag Kamani’







Aabar Dekhaa Hobey – Rimita

From the city of Kolkata arrives vocalist, composer, and voice trainer Rimita Mukherjee whose journey as a vocalist embarked in 1995 after having received training from various musicians through the years, and having worked with the likes of Kalyanji [of Kalyanji-Anandji fame] and Rajesh Roshan. But her indulgence in Bollywood is side stepped for “Aabar Dekhaa Hobey”, an ethnic-based song backed by soothing arrangements – especially the pleasant usage of flute – which supports Rimita’s fine voice. The Bengali song demonstrates that the primary strength of Rimita remains her polished harmonies cushioned in soft pop settings. Rimita’s unique vocals are certainly the showpiece in providing life to the song. Reviewed exclusively for Artist Aloud by PARAG KAMANI



Home – John Flynn

From the land of the Big Apple or close to it any way, New Jersey based John Flynn has been a seasoned musician, but having launched a solo album only last year. On “Home”, Flynn has found a happy medium away from the aggression of the late ’70s punk to the more danceable, upbeat rhythms of ska of that era and, if you stretch your musical imagination further, the song is also charged with a philosophical sentiment that states that to find your real home, bypass materialism, and achieve it through peace, happiness, and love. It is also left to Flynn to provide a little Caribbean sun to his song with brass sweetening the sounds that sweep across it. Essentially, “Home” is where Flynn’s heart is. Reviewed exclusively for Artist Aloud by PARAG KAMANI



Soberbia – Tiananmen

From Guatemala arrives the three-piece Tiananmen who have been operating as a band since 1992. Since their debut in 1994 to last year’s “Emisor”, Tiananmen’s sound heralds a serious approach to the hey days of the New Wave movement, combining the best of new age sounds with electro-pop from the ’80s. With synths blazing [courtesy Juan Carlos Rojas, who is also responsible for the song’s Spanish vocals], combined with effective guitar [Luis Fernando Rojas] and bass undertones [Sergio Salares]. While each instrument is highlighted on “Soberbia”, it is indeed a pleasure to hear the sounds of Tiananmen in this decade and era.Reviewed exclusively for Artist Aloud by PARAG KAMANI


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Exclusive song reviews by Industry expert `Parag Kamani’

Sangeeta Vyas

Yaadon Ke Samandar – Sangeeta Vyas

From a city known for uncovering talent across multifarious creative fields arrives Lucknow born and bred Sangeeta Vyas, a singer who has undergone formal training in Hindustani classical vocals. It shows on “Yaadon Ke Samandar”, a song that has an obvious feel – and beat – of a slow starting train that picks up speed to a uniform tempo as it chugs along until its inevitable end. Nevertheless, the weakness of the song does not hamper the uniqueness in Sangeeta’s voice as it completely overshadows the instrumentation which is, at best, low key. There may not be anything new or even remotely revolutionary in the sound that has all been heard before to attract new music disciples, but Sangeeta’s voice changes all that. Hopefully, she can only get better with an appropriate selection of tracks that support her gifted singing talent. Review by PARAG KAMANI


Betsy & Me – Ho Jo Fro

The unlikely named Ho Jo Fro is a five-member band from U.S., formed in 1992, but who appear to be stuck in a time warp from the punk and new wave eras of the late ’70s with a song named “Betsy & Me” that is reminiscent of sounds emanating from the Cars to the Stranglers. While you have to admire Ho Jo Fro for being one of the few bands to do the unthinkable, merging both styles, one cannot help but wonder if there are still listeners of this generation who listen to content like this, which I thought had been rendered obsolete several decades ago. Review by PARAG KAMANI

Carmen Chiasson

You Make Me Dizzy – Carmenne Chiasson

What’s with this trip into nostalgia? Canadian singer Carmenne Chiasson appears to be tripping on it too as “You Make Me Dizzy” would not seem out of place if it had been released in the ’60s era of the surf sounds in terms of its melody and vocals. While the song may not have a major musical vision of the legends from that era, Jan & Dean or the Beach Boys, nevertheless Carmenne does a neat job of layering the sound with harmonies, whereas lyrically and vocally, Carmenne is succinct and clear. There is no doubt about the intentional sense of nostalgia pervading throughout the song, in both its melody and arrangements. Added to it is the feel good factor of the past, which adds to an artiste who is obviously enjoying what she has done, which certainly makes “You Make Me Dizzy” fun listening.Review by PARAG KAMANI

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